In their effort to create a “house for leisure, social life, and contemplation,” the Santiago, Chile-based architectural firm drew inspiration from the unique external perimeter corridor of the classic Chilean country house. With a shady canopy of terraces and eaves around its entire circumference, the Casa 14 by Alvano y Riquelme Architects provides ample outdoor vantage points from which to view the expansive vineyards and distant mountains of Chile’s bucolic Valparaíso region.
Although the structure is rooted in tradition, the angular lines and exterior glass walls of Casa 14 are nothing if not contemporary. Set into unfinished concrete, its deep black frame of steel and wooden beams outlines its irregular geometric shape.
The stylishly weathered wooden structure that covers the home’s exterior walkways and patios culminates in a triangular area at the far end of the home. An ideal place to relax, this area contains both a swimming pool and a spacious viewing platform.